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Standing Commission on Carers (SCOC)

Message from the Chair: Dame Philippa Russell

I feel very privileged to have been invited by the Prime Minister to chair the Standing Commission on Carers. We have a major task ahead of us, but also a unique and probably 'once in a life time' opportunity to contribute to the national debate about the future shape of social care in this country. With major demographic changes, higher expectations of quality support amongst carers and a strong focus on self-directed care and independent living, we need new solutions to old problems.

I hope and believe that the Standing Commission has the potential to transform the future agenda for social care by putting carers at the heart of policy-making as equal partners in exploring new ways of maximising independence and developing high quality (and cost-effective) services fit for the 2lst century. It is a major challenge but I believe we can achieve transformation if we work together.

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Comprehensive online information, advice and support for carers, including: guidance on the different stages of caring, information for claiming benefits, advice for young carers, contact details for local authorities and support groups, news articles, and case studies with videos.

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Carers looking after someone, or people considering becoming a carer, will find information at:

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